This past Sunday, January 21 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor continued our Matthew sermon series as we looked at Matthew 2:16-18. He encouraged us to find our security in Christ alone. We must find our “yes” in Jesus, though Satan does not want us to become secure in Jesus and live our lives from our fixed position in Christ. Satan knows that when we have a glimpse of Jesus’ glory, we will love Jesus–how can we do any other? Though Herod the Great in our Matthew passage had an impressive resume, he wasn’t secure and his desperate and terrible actions show it. Listen to the whole sermon here.
In our fifth sermon from our new Matthew series, our senior pastor on Sunday, January 14 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, reminded us of the many interruptions that Matthew records in these early chapters: the grace-laden genealogy that would have shocked its readers, Joseph’s nice and normal life interrupted by Mary’s pregnancy, and the wise men’s dropping everything to follow the star. Then we come to the next interruption that Matthew lays out for us; directly following the wise men’s worship of Jesus, there’s a warning not to return and report to Herod. Matthew reminds us of the reality of the battle that rages in this world. Matthew interrupts the pleasantries for the reality of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Listen to the whole sermon here.
Join us this year at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, as we continue in our Matthew sermon series. We just started back in December, so we’re still exploring chapter 2. You can listen to our previous sermons free of charge!
On Sunday, December 24 our senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, continued preaching in our Matthew sermon series with verses 18-25 of chapter 1 highlighting how Jesus’ earthly father Joseph was unexpectedly interrupted when his betrothed Mary became pregnant. Our senior pastor encouraged us to embrace interruptions and view them in a different way because we believe in a Sovereign God. In our minds we plan our ways, but the Lord directs our steps. Interruptions don’t necessarily mean we’re in “the wrong place at the wrong time.” Interruptions are God-designed opportunities for the gospel, and we need to be willing to set aside our plans for God’s opportunity.
Joseph embraced the interruption of Mary’s pregnancy and Jesus’ birth, and Matthew the writer of this gospel book juxtaposes Joseph’s faithful choice to trust a Sovereign God with King Ahaz’s faithless choice from the Isaiah passage he quotes in verse 23. Listen to the whole sermon here.
For our third Sunday in Advent at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we continued our new Matthew sermon series with Matthew 1:1-17. Our senior pastor on Sunday, December 17 reminded us that the Gospel of Matthew, like all books in the Bible, are inspired by the Holy Spirit. We see the joy of Matthew as he writes about Jesus who came to call sinners–a group Matthew identified with since he was a tax collector. Because Matthew’s audience was religious folks, he included a genealogy in those first 17 verses to prove Jesus’ pedigree to those who would put lots of stock in which family he was from. Yet he includes plenty of sinners and people with questionable morals in this genealogy highlighting God’s grace and shocking many religious folks. And Matthew writes his story because this story of grace must be told. Listen to the whole sermon here.
For the second Sunday of Advent on December 10, our senior pastor started a new sermon series in the Gospel of Matthew at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC. While Deuteronomy (our previous series) is about preparation, Matthew is summed up with one word: fulfillment. What does a full Kingdom look like here on earth? How is Christ fulfilling everything in our lives? Listen to the whole sermon here.
At Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, we marked the end of our Deuteronomy sermon series this past Sunday, December 3 after four-plus years. Our senior pastor began with the same question he asked back in September 2013: How are we living in the land? From the last five verses of Deuteronomy, he gave us three charges:
- Be joyful
- Step up in the power of the Spirit
- Keep your life centered on the Lord
Now we ask ourselves: How can we live well in this land (at 43 Wentworth St.) where the Lord has planted us? Listen to the whole sermon here.
On Sunday, November 19 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charleston, SC, our senior pastor preached from Deuteronomy 34:5-8 as he finishes up his Deuteronomy sermon series over the next few weeks. He cautioned that a tombstone is coming for all of us, and he encouraged us to think of what might be written on ours. Without exception, our tombstones should read “our names, Servant of the Lord.” Listen to the whole sermon here.
With our senior pastor out of town for a missions conference, we heard our own Rev. Chris Bennett bring us a powerful message on Sunday, November 12 about the persecuted church worldwide and our response as Christians in Charleston, SC. In Philippians 1:12-30 God’s Word points to persecution not to shock us but to energize us. We see many examples of God’s turning evil motives of men into good ends because he’s an all-powerful, sovereign Lord. Persecution is used by God for the advancement of the gospel, and persecution emboldens Christians to share the gospel. Persecution also prepares us for our suffering!
We are called to proclaim Christ not only with our words but also with our lives. So how can we help our brothers and sisters who suffer from persecution? First, we become aware of the plight of Christians around the world, and we pray for them–letting them into our hearts. We can also give to ministries who help the persecuted church: Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors USA, International Christian Concern.